About Participation

VFA -- a clear, consistent, and effective way to measure 

student progress & outcomes and institutional effectiveness

 
For too long, community colleges have been pegged to measures that fail to capture how we are serving our students and our missions. IPEDS graduation rates do not include​​ a large percentage of our students. The critically important workforce and non-credit education afforded by our sector is often overlooked and the quality of the education and training given to our students is misrepresented and underestimated.​​​​​ Your​​ participation in the VFA is critical. The more community colleges that join, the stronger our voice will be.
2019 VFA Participation is Now Open. Please follow the steps below to activate your participation:
  •  For Tier 1 Participation (Complimentary with 2019 AACC membership): Please follow this link, select Tier 1 participation and fill out the associated information. Once we have received your form, we will process your order within 24-48 hours. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at VFA@aacc.nche.edu.

  • For Tier 2 Participation ($1,000), please refer to payment method below for instructions to sign-up.
  • Payments by Credit/Purchase/Corporate Cards:  Please follow this link and purchase your Tier 2 participation. After you purchase your Tier 2 participation, please fill out this form, select Tier 2 participation and fill out the associated information. Once we have received your form, we will process your order within 24-48 hours. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at VFA@aacc.nche.edu.

  •  Payments by Checks: Please follow this link, select Tier 2 participation and fill out the associated information. Once we have received your form, we will process your order within 24-48 hours. After your order is processed, you will receive an invoice for your Tier 2 participation and may remit payment to AACC by check. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at VFA@aacc.nche.edu

Colleges are using the VFA to:
  • Develop department and college strategic plans.
  • Benchmark to peer colleges or to colleges in their state.
  • Shape state-level performance formulas and planning.
  • Respond to local, state, and national calls for accountability.
  • Streamline IR work and clean-up on-campus data systems.
  • Tell the community college story.​

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 Questions regarding VFA participation? Please contact us at VFA@aacc.nche.edu.​ 
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